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Get hype for the first images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

NASA said the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope will be ready for public debut at 10:30 AM ET on July 12.

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Rocket Lab launches NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite on its scouting mission for a lunar space station

NASA’s CAPSTONE mission, which will chart a new orbit around the Moon which will hopefully be used for a future crewed lunar space station, is underway after a successful launch on Tuesday morning. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle delivered the CAPSTONE satellite, which is roughly t…

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Watch Rocket Lab launch NASA’s CAPSTONE mission to the moon live

After repeated delays, the microwaved oven-sized CubeSat known as CAPSTONE may finally start its long journey to the moon. With this launch, NASA aims to begin the first chapter of its ambitious Artemis program, and lay the groundwork for what would be a first in human history: an orbiting crewed p…

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Max Q: Acronyms rule everything around me

Welcome to Max Q: NASA sees a future for nuclear energy on the moon; Epsilon3 closes funding for space industry OS; News from AWS, SpaceX and more

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At NASA’s Lunabotics competition, students design mining robots for the moon

If this year’s Lunabotics competition is any indication, there’s a bright future ahead for the surface of the moon — and below it. The NASA-hosted challenge saw 39 teams of university students building lunar mining robots, which were tasked with digging up rocks in simulated regolith (t…

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NASA determines Space Launch System testing complete

The testing campaign for NASA’s super big, super expensive Space Launch System is now complete, the agency declared on Friday. All that’s left now for the rocket is launch the Artemis I demonstration mission to the moon, the first in a long line of planned missions to eventually return …

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Daily Crunch: Raba Partnership leads $2.1M seed round for African fintech startup Thepeer

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NASA taps three companies to design nuclear power plants for the Moon

Nuclear fission may have to overcome a public perception hurdle here on Earth in order to get the funding and development it needs to advance sufficiently to help our with our de-carbonization efforts, but the mostly empty lunar surface sidesteps a lot of nuclear’s image problem. NASA announc…

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Without a clear ask, your pitch deck is useless

Having a great "ask" slide can reassure investors: It shows a founder wants to raise an amount of money that unlocks the next stage of growth and knows what milestones they need to hit to get there.

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Equity crowdfunding appears immune to market volatility, on track for its best year yet

With the fundraising climate now showing cloudy skies, equity crowdfunding is getting ready for a field day.

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